Rockville is proud to celebrate Black History Month throughout February with events and initiatives that honor the past and inspire a more inclusive future for our city.
Rockville’s Mayor and Council will present the city’s official Black History Month proclamation during their meeting at 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 12. All are welcome to attend in person at City Hall, or join virtually by tuning in via Rockville 11.
Explore our city’s rich African American heritage with the city’s African-American Heritage Walking Tour story map at www.rockvillemd.gov/history. The walking tour runs 2 miles and includes 20 locations in and around Rockville Town Center.
Discover activists, pioneers, places, city leaders, Black history facts and community members who remind us of the many contributions made by African Americans to Rockville and our country. Find a Black History Month playlist on Rockville 11’s YouTube channel at bit.ly/RkvBHMPlaylist.
In recognition of Black History Month, Rockville Economic Development, Inc. is celebrating and elevating Rockville’s Black business community. REDI will be highlighting Black businesses in Rockville and connecting them with resources, such as workshops, and business incentives, such as grants. Learn more about the initiative and register your business with their directory at bit.ly/RKVBlackBusinesses.
The Rockville Senior Center is hosting events throughout the month, including:
- Thursday, Feb. 8: “Science Live! The Difference a Dream Can Make.” The Don Harrington Discovery Center presents an online program highlighting the many contributions Black scientists have made. Register.
- Wednesday, Feb. 14: “Will Adams, Fiddler of Ken-Gar.” Fiddler Will Adams had deep roots in the Black communities of Montgomery County. Adams’ family history offers a glimpse of African American life in Montgomery County, from the final years of slavery to the mid-20th century. Register.
- Thursday, Feb. 15: “African American Trailblazers.” The Pro Football Hall of Fame hosts an online presentation examining the contributions of African American pioneers in pro football, from the signing of Charles Follis in 1904 to modern day players and coaches. Register.
Montgomery County Public Libraries are an excellent resource for exploring media produced by Black authors, musicians, filmmakers and artists. With two locations in Rockville, MCPL “brings Black History to the forefront during February with author talks, lectures, arts and crafts, story times and more.” Learn more.
Explore the rich tapestry of African American culture throughout Montgomery County with Visit Montgomery’s list of in-person and virtual events. Learn more.